ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – November 26 2018

I am really happy with the audience feedback video I received.. First of all, because the audience could understand the feelings that I wanted to convey through my movie and second reason because my animation style also was praised. I am amazed and happy.

– Camila Moreira Marques, Filmmaker “Fat”

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November 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival posterTHE ROSE GARDEN, 3min., USA, Thriller/Animation

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Animation Festival Testimonial – October 13 2018

I loved it. It was a totally new experience for me. I’ve obviously shown the film to a lot of friends and people I meet, and it is great to see their reaction as they watch the film. But having people who know about film talk about and comment on your work is something very different. The fact that the audience picked up on some of the small details about the characters & story line gives me a renewed devotion to finish up the series. 
– Matt Burniston, Filmmaker “The Mega Plush”

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September 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival posterSCANDAL, 4min., Reunion, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSOLA, 3min., Australia, Experimental

festival posterMIRRORS, 3min., Germany, Music Video

festival posterLOCOMOTIVE 8 – ENCORE, 3min., Canada, Experimental

festival posterHALLOWSTIDE, 4min., Animation/Experimental

festival posterNOVAA – MELODY OF NEED, 3min., Germany Animation/Music Video

festival posterSUSHI MAN, 3min., USA, Animation/Romance

 

 

 

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Animation Festival Testimonial – October 7 2018

Nasheet Zaman

As filmmakers it was really rewarding and heartwarming for my co-director and I to hear the audience response to our film in the feedback video set to us by the festival. It is truly a great concept for a film festival. I’m sad I wasn’t able to attend myself, but some of my family members in the city went for the screenings and had a great time.

 

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Director BIO: Bismark Fernandes (EXPEND)

Director Biography – Bismark Fernandes

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Bismark Fernandes is a stop-motion filmmaker and designer from a Goa, India. He completed his M.F.A in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently residing in New York.
Bismark has over three years of experience in designing and creating animated content for Television. He is well versed with various styles of animation with stop-motion being closest to his heart. What draws him towards this handmade art form is that it is tangible with subtle imperfections that makes it unique.

Director Statement

Humans constantly utilize or exploit resources that are available to us. The term resource is used in a general sense, as it can be related to food, water, raw materials or fuel. We use it as a necessity, to survive or use it excessively as a luxury to bring comfort.

The film “Expend” portrays the human tendency to exploit resources for our petty desires. In the story, the character acquires this energy by bringing harm to other creatures in the process. The human character in the film does not feel remorse or guilt for his actions as this is part of his daily routine.

The idea is not to condemn the use of our resources but to think of its source before wasting it.

The medium of stop-motion was chosen to complement the idea of the story. Stop-motion is tactile and tangible. Everything on the other side of the screen is relatable and real. It pushes the boundaries of story telling by connecting with the audience on a personal level.